• Life lessons from Coach John Wooden

    Almost 50 years ago, my father took a job teaching at UCLA and my family packed up and moved from Michigan to Southern California. It was the late 60’s and the most successful college basketball coach of all time, John Wooden, was coaching the Bruins to national title after national title.

  • Travel ban undercuts our collective goals

    By Dr. Victoria J. Mora

    As I read the news that the Supreme Court of the United States Monday allowed the third version of President Trump’s ban on travelers from six majority Muslim countries, North Korea, and Venezuela to stand while legal challenges continue, it occurred to me how easy it is to become complacent. 

  • Joining the independents

    John Graham reports from Lovington, but he does a lot more than that.

    When something's happening in his hometown, Graham often goes out and covers it for his paper, the Lovington Leader. Then he goes back to his desk (in his publisher's office, because he also owns the paper) to write the story, process a photo or two and get it all placed on a page.

  • We turn to you, Alabama

    By Connie Schultz, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism and author of two books.
    Like so many women in recent days, I’ve discovered a renewed interest in who and what I was at age 14.
    My freshman portrait in my high school yearbook is smaller than most “forever” postage stamps. What a skinny, wide-eyed scaredy-cat I was back then. You could fit everything I knew about the world in one of the cups of my starter bra.
    That was 1973.
    Six years later, it was Leigh Corfman’s turn to be 14.

  • Just the tip of the iceberg?

    Las Vegas, N.M. — where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
    Well, maybe that’s not the perfect description of our Meadow City. But the shock waves are as palpable as if they originated here.
    That topic ­— and others of that ilk ­— took up part of the time we news personnel devoted to the increasingly frequent reports of various sexual impropriety around the country.

  • Using three jars to attain financial stability

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    If you keep doing what you’re doing, you are going to keep getting what you’re getting.

  • Local and state leaders: Luna needs your help

    By Joe McCaffrey


    “We have meet the enemy and he is us.”

    Watt Kelly, Pogo, (April 22, 1970).

    Gov. Susana Martinez; Secretary of the New Mexico of Higher Education Department, Dr. Barbara Damron; and, San Miguel District Attorney, Richard Flores, Luna Community College needs your help.


  • Newspapers are still democracy’s backbone

    It’s everywhere. Fake news, as it has been dubbed, though that’s actually a simplified version of what’s going on. 

    It’s not all fake; sometimes it’s merely sensationalized, exaggerated for effect, or so subtle in its manipulations that it looks real to the naked eye.

  • Just how cold was it?

    Work of Art

    How many times have you played a leading role in a real-life winter pageant?

    You need to gas up your car on a December night, to have it ready for a trip to warmer climes, like Albuquerque, and rather than waiting till morning, you head out to a station at night.

  • With Bill, try facts — not myths

    By Joe Conason.

    Suddenly, it has become fashionable again in liberal circles to flay Bill Clinton for his sexual misconduct, whether real, alleged or imagined. Amid the national frenzy swirling around the likes of Harvey Weinstein and Roy Moore, prominent journalists and politicians are competing to display their dudgeon over the former president and things he is said to have done long ago.